Lindsay Bridges, Regional Manager with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Auburn University (AU), has been selected as the 2014 Alabama State Star for the Alabama SBDC Network. State Stars are exemplary performers who have made a significant contribution to the SBDC program and have demonstrated a strong commitment to small business. Lindsay was one of the top performers in the state, counseling 203 small businesses in Auburn’s eight-county territory, assisting those clients to obtain $5.9 million in capital, and facilitating the creation of 25 new businesses.
“Feedback from SBDC clients is always positive after a counseling session with Lindsay,” says Dr. Joe Hanna, Associate Dean of Research & Outreach at Auburn University. “She is a tremendous asset to our SBDC network, but more importantly she is a tremendous asset to her SBDC clients who rely on her to assist them with their business needs.” Bill Cummins, Executive State Director of the Alabama SBDC Network, agrees, “The State Star award highlights exactly how much economic impact just one counselor can have. We are proud to say that when the stars fell on Alabama, so many of them landed as counselors in the Alabama SBDC Network.”
Bridges was recognized, along with other State Stars, at the Annual Conference of America’s Small Business Development Centers in Dallas, TX, in September. The Annual Conference brings together over 1,500 SBDC professionals, trainers, consultants, management, and administrative personnel.
Bridges holds a BA degree from Samford, an MA from Auburn, and a JD from the Cumberland School of Law. Before joining the Alabama SBDC Network, Lindsay started a consulting business specializing in research and writing services. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Wears Valley Ranch in Sevierville, TN. Lindsay was the first person in Alabama to earn the Certified Procurement Professional (CPP) designation from the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC). She currently assists clients with business, legal, and government contracting issues. Lindsay and the Auburn SBDC are strategically located in the Auburn Business Incubator.
The Alabama SBDC Network is the state’s largest provider of small business counseling, and is an accredited member of America’s SBDC, the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States. Certified business counselors are available in 10 SBDC locations across the state, and in over 40 satellite locations. Counselors provide no‐cost assistance to companies and individuals in Alabama that are interested in starting or growing a business, accessing capital, selling to the federal government, disaster assistance and recovery, franchising, or exploring international trade.
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